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Santa Anita for Saturday 26 March 2016

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Decent card today. Let's call it a 7 on the 1 to 10 scale of things.

Best of luck as always!


race 1   above average clarity

5  Night Badger    laid up since July but working awfully well for the given level of racing.......trainer is stout being ready off of extended layoffs.......drops......major league rider upgrade.....should be tough

1  Edzactly   somewhat suspicious drop for O'Neill and company........but......... if this speed-ball is in relatively good health he sure fits solidly at today's lowly level of racing

4  The Custodian   best of the late runners will need plenty of heat to get up in time as he is better suited to sprints greater than today's 5 1/2F

6  Indian Monkey


race 2   average clarity

4  Steely Jack    broke a little tardy and then checked some in his MSW debut from a tough post for a 1st timer to cope with.....showed life following his disappointing break from the gate.....solid a.m. work since.......1st time Lasix......should be tough from the get go with a better gate in which to deal with

2  Gavin Streetsense   solid debut last summer and then tossed a clunker in his 2nd lifetime start......away since but trainer seemingly has him once again ready to roll as he was in his debut......and Raffy sticks around for dangerous rider/trainer combo

1  Hawk   rather sure this Mandella 1st time starter is meant and ready off of a very impressive work regiment but he must cope with a difficult post in which to make his 1st career start


race 3   average clarity

6  Revenue Virginius   nice claim by O'Neill who has a shot at making it 3 for 3 since snatching up this 4 yr old filly in early Jan.......beat better in last.......2 for 2 at the distance.......easy to make as top selection

4  Master the Blues  won like a good thing 1st time under the guidance of Ted West........won at 7F and 6 1/2F seems likely a better fit........dangerous

5  Avicii   likely needed her last off of the extended hiatus from the game and will more than likely move forward this what degree is the ? mark


race 4   average clarity

6  Coronado Cool   lifetime best is her only race on dirt in 5 career starts.......never raced any lower.....cut back of 1/2 furlong sure appears to be in the a.m........should be in the mix from the get go

3  Rockantharos   very powerful debut 2 back......not much in 2nd lifetime start........somewhat suspicious drop into MC.......if this colt repeats his debut he wins......if he repeats his 2nd out I doubt he even hits the board.....tough call as to his physical condition

5  Fried Pickles   showed some life in his MC debut.....drops 2 MC levels and makes a positive rider switch.........blinkers on to get him more forwardly place....not at all impossible but definitely 3rd choice

2  Space Cadet


race 5   average clarity

1  Her Emmynency   catches the softest Graded race of her carrer........seems highly likely to get an excellent stalk position behind the 5 horse and pounce on her by turn two or the stretch

2  Nancy From Nairobi   never been better and gets 3 lbs last to carry than she did in her winning last which was decent.....and another 1/8th to travel today should be to her advantage.......still......... she likely will need her best effort of her career today to win

6  Tuttipaesi   solid race 3 back at Suf off of 8 weeks off......solid race at GP with 10 weeks off........11 weeks off this time around.........Mr. Mott knows what she needs......and that my friends is good enough for me


race 6   average clarity

5  Arewehavingfunyet   good time to drop off of two very bad races and into a rare MC 30K that a 4-year-old or older has an opportunity to run in as the MC 30K level is usually restricted to 2 or 3 yr old races only.......and look who rides

6  Twosome   big improvement in last on the step up into MSW makes the drop suspicious.....but if she is still physically OK she should take down this race

2  Nanpower   wide trip in MC sprint debut appears to be a tune-up of sorts......drops a notch for her 1st at a route in her 2nd lifetime endeavor.......trainer Drysdale is better with 2nd timers and decent 1st time at a route.....danerous

1  Family Forever


race 7   average clarity

2  Minister'sadventure   very consistent sort (6 3 2 0) runs well fresh and his trainer Jerry Hollendorfer knows it...... so.... he wisely has this filly more than fit off of an aggressive series of drills.......should be tough

4  Queen Kate   Tup invader broke the 109:3 barrier in last two endeavors at Turf Paradise......I don't see too many in here that could accomplish move to ship on in for a much larger purse

3  Let's Get Frisky  lifetime best was her race two back which was the only time that today's jock David Lopez has been aboard....shot in this spot if the bug boy cab coax that effort out of here

7  West Mid


race 8   average clarity

3  Eight Spokes   on the right end of the learning curve.....believe will get good position near the rail and close to the front.......and he sure is training solidly with plenty of endurance put into him

8  Last Express   2 of his 3 lifetime grass races fit well here including his latest which is disguised by a bad trip........see ya Gutt.......hello Van Dyke

6  Temple Keys   double barrel action from Baltas as he also trains our 2nd choice........Baltas is very dangerous when he takes over the training duties of a given horse and that is the case today for this fellow working awfully well.....and look who wants the mount........Mr Bejarano

2  Kristi's Copilot

Long-shot consideration:  1  Royalist   brutal trip in last with about 7 1/2 lengths of trip adjustment.....only lost by 6 1/4......blinkers off and improved a.m. work.......just what you want to see.......dangerous price shot


race 9   average clarity

3  Noble Kent   very deserving step up in claiming today coming off a very strong effort in last.....number earned in that race is still a couple of lengths better than par for today's higher level......and the race seems to favor his off pace running style

6  A Colt Following    last 6 dirt routes: (6 3 1 0 1).........and bad trips in his last two races or the 3 might be a 5.........Baze will be out to make amends and has a more desirable post in which to work with

9  Carlsbad Mountain   (6 3 3 0) in last 6 route endeavors.....and.......(5 3 2 0) at today's one mile the caddies in Scotland often say when you make a mediocre tee shot (which I made many)......that'll do

8  Batti Man


race 10   average clarity

5  Tripski   Bonde might have made a great claim as this fellow ran awfully well dropping from 25K to 8K in his latest.......and the drills since are stout.......I do have to say though that I am concerned the Bonde brings him back for 8K because a step up off of such a solid race (and especially with good works) would suggest a price rise would be logical......but........if he is in relatively good condition he should win

4  Justonemorething   another who has some significant potential to pop a big number for the 8K level if like our top pick his drop down isn't because he is hurting........we shall see

6  Tannersmymuscle   yet another that drops off of a stellar race at two levels higher.....and this drop is by far the most suspicious of the three

8  Sir Barclay


race 11   average clarity

6  Lottie   should be able to sit close to the lead and save ground......recent a.m. work is improved hinting at a forward move today........Graham Motion has had a horrid meeting to date but might jump-start things here

4  Last Resort   another top trainer in the doldrums who sure could use a win......last at today's distance is decent......3rd out after a layoff today and that is one of Proctor's strongest stats.....meets top gun stays up

11  Tinderella   another trainer in Mullins who is often at his most dangerous 3rd out after a layoff which is the case here.......filly has enough early speed for Baze to use to get on over by turn one.....fits well if he gets that accomplished

3  Blushing Bug

8  Madame Belle

9  Vagabond Princess

Posted on March 26, 2016 at 10:25 am by richs · Permalink
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